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“Great Cultural Project, Great Night out”

Highland Paradise Drums of our Forefathers Sunset Culture Show
Ranked #8 of 37 Tours in Rarotonga
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Give this crowd your business and you won't be disappointed. They have brought back to life an old marae, unlike the kind we are used to seeing in New Zealand. They show the customs and tell the history of their settlement, then welcome you to a wonderful buffet supper and a really excellent cultural show. The dancing is outstanding, and the drumming absolutely fantastic. These people take pride in their history and culture, and believe this is the best way of promoting and preserving it for the future. When you see the kids come out and dance at the end of the show, you'll see they are succeeding. The evening is very well organised, the dining house is enclosed and comfortable, and the buses will pick you up and drop you back at your nearest resort.

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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Went there expecting a touristey type show, but was well surprised! I loved the cultural sensitivity and education mixed with entertainment and great food. I learnt a lot more in one night at Highland Paradise than I did researching on the internet for months! Beautiful dancing also.

1  Thank luana b
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

The show was entertaining and informative. It was the only place on the island where we had traditional island food - and there was so much of it!!

Thank Elise R
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Tutu Pirangi and her Tinomana family and staff have worked hard to make this place a special place that we were privileged to experience. Their efforts have paid off because to experience this cultural attaraction is to step back into a heritage that we islanders are lucky to be a part of. Danny Mataroa, Highlands Host and master of ceremonies would have to be our islands best orator. Informative, educated and very witty your experience will be one of awe, fascination and fun. Our dinner buffet was fresh, tasty and very genourous- yes seconds are allowed, and the performances by the tribally connected dancers, fun and engaging.

1  Thank teakapuao
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

We were considering an Island night and a local advised us that the highland paradise is the "most authentic" night on the island.

We got picked up by the Green Vaka (bus), and our driver doubled as the local comedian. He had everyone in stitches before we even arrived at the show. When you arrive they give you a brief tour of the area that used to be an inhabited fortress by polynesian warriors for hundreds of years, they tell you about the culture and show you how to open coconuts. They also show you the site of a famous battle on the island.

After the tour of the marae they go to the formal welcoming into the hall. If you are from NZ and have been to a Maori powhiri you may know that they can drag on a bit. This one was much quicker than the ones I'm used to, which meant we could all go into the hall quickly.

Inside the tables are set for a banquet. They have a huge amount and range of foods available, from traditional taro and seafood dishes to roast pork, chicken, salads etc. Very impressed with the food.

Once everyone has been served the show begins. The MC for our night was aguy called Danny, he explains each performance, what it represents and how it originated. THe performances range from the traditional pre-European dances through the missionary influenced dances, through to more modern dances, and ends with a performance by some of the local kids, representing the dance of the future!

The performance covers the major things in the history of the islands, including battles, the arrival of missionaries, the opening of the internation airport etc.

Fantastic night. Fully recommend it.

Thank Scott_Wgtn
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